Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, California

This beautiful site is the home of Ed and Sue Smith, old friends who now lovingly oversee their 8 acres of beautifully farmed fruit.

Tasting Notes

Fox Den is all about the floral notes of Remond Trancais, but Taransaud holds down the bass tones, and Rousseau adds structure.

Any fish with a matching silky texture would make an excellent pairing, such as a mustard-crusted branzino, olive oil poached salmon, or steamed sea bass, as would a creamy cheese like Humboldt Fog.

At Dutton-Goldfield, our pinot is hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is then cold-soaked for 5 days to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. The three blocks at Fox Den were fermented and barreled separately to optimize what we most love about each, then blended to our tastes in March of 2017. The core of the 2016 is the plush, more strawberry 777, then half as much of the blackberry, focused 667 clone. One of the pleasures of the spring blending is getting to hone barrel choices. Fox Den is all about the floral notes of Remond Trancais, but Taransaud holds down the bass tones, and Rousseau adds structure. The wine was bottled in April 2018 after 17 months in oak.

Alcohol:  13.8% Ta:  5.7 g/L pH:  3.51 Barrel Aging:  Aged 17 months in French oak (55% new barrels) Winemaker: Dan Goldfield Cases Produced: 767

Fox Den Vineyard is perched on top of Stoetz Ridge, at the western border of Green Valley and just above the town of Occidental. The Goldridge sandy loam soil here is extremely sandy since this ridge is old pushed-up sea bottom, which makes for low vigor vines, slow ripening, and beautifully floral and fruit driven wine. Here on the hill, it’s frequently a touch warmer than the bottom of the valley, but it’s still always among the last harvested and highest in natural acidity of our pinots. Dan and Steve planted the spot together in 2002, and Dan has been crafting the wine since 2004. The eight acres is split into three clones: 667 for vivid fruit, 777 for chewy tannins and 115 for brightness and floral aromatics. For the vineyard designated wine, the exact blend between them will vary each year, but the result is always a wine with sweet, lush cherry/strawberry fruit and great natural acidity.

Tasting Notes

Pretty notes of violet and bay leaf add layers of complexity. The energetic mouth leads with red raspberry, strawberry, and pomegranate, framed by dark cherry accents. The wine finishes long and fresh, with a touch of toasted caramel at the end.

A creamy rabbit pâté would make an excellent foil to the perky red fruit, as would pepper-crusted pork tenderloin or grilled arctic char.

Our harvest at Fox Den was down by half in 2015 due to the wet weather during pollination, giving us a tiny and extra concentrated crop. That concentration is immediately evident when you put your nose in the glass: the rich, sweet cherry nose of our 2015 Fox Den Pinot draws you in its aromatherapy embrace, making you anxious to dive into the glass.

At Dutton-Goldfield, our pinot is hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is then cold-soaked for 5 days to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. The three blocks at Fox Den were fermented and barreled separately to optimize what we most love about each, then blended to our tastes in March of 2016. The core of the 2015 is the plush, more strawberry 777, then half as much of the blackberry, focused 667 clone. One of the pleasures of the spring blending is getting to hone barrel choices. Fox Den is all about the floral notes of Remond Trancais, but Taransaud holds down the bass tones, and Rousseau adds structure. The wine was bottled in February 2017 after 16 months in oak.

Alcohol:  13.8% Ta:  6.8 g/L pH:  3.44 Barrel Aging:  Aged 16 months in French oak (55% new barrels)

Fox Den Vineyard is perched on top of Stoetz Ridge, at the western border of Green Valley and just above the town of Occidental. The Goldridge sandy loam soil here is extremely sandy since this ridge is old pushed-up sea bottom, which makes for low vigor vines, slow ripening, and beautifully floral and fruit driven wine. Here on the hill, it’s frequently a touch warmer than the bottom of the valley, but it’s still always among the last harvested and highest in natural acidity of our pinots. Dan and Steve planted the spot together in 2002, and Dan has been crafting the wine since 2004. The eight acres is split into three clones: 667 for vivid fruit, 777 for chewy tannins and 115 for brightness and floral aromatics. For the vineyard designated wine, the exact blend between them will vary each year, but the result is always a wine with sweet, lush cherry/strawberry fruit and great natural acidity. This beautiful site is the home of Ed and Sue Smith, old friends who now lovingly oversee their 8 acres of beautifully farmed fruit.

  • 92

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    Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Wine Spectator, March 2019

    "Delicate, with a core of macerated red cherry and crushed raspberry flavors that are pure and juicy. Mineral and spice notes come in on the lithe finish. Drink now through 2023. 767 cases made."

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    Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Wine Enthusiast , March 2019

    "This wine is beautifully fruity in tones of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry, with perfumed wafts of rose and lavender on the nose. It's light in body, driven by bright acidity that keeps it fresh and inviting. A silky display of Asian spice rings on the finish."

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    Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, March 2018

    "This wine's silky red fruit has some darker, saturated tones, bringing to mind pomegranate seeds and rhubarb. It's gentle and savory in the middle, hinting at sweetness in the end. Cool, clean, and firmly structured, this will gain more fragrance with a year or two in bottle."

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    Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

    "The Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of Dutton Goldfield’s finest. It’s big yet elegant with a beautifully, silky textured mouth feel and dark red cherry and plum aromas and flavors complemented by touches of pomegranate and red raspberry. It sees 16 months in 55% new barriques (RemonTrancais, Taransaud, and Rousseau), but the oak is seamlessly integrated. A big but elegant wine with a rich, long finish. The Fox Den vineyard, planted in 2002, is located on top of Stoetz Ridge, just above Occidental."

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